The impact of parental attachment on adolescent perception of the school environment and school connectedness.

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Title The impact of parental attachment on adolescent perception of the school environment and school connectedness.
Author Shochet, Ian M.; Smith, Tanya; Homel, Ross
Journal Name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy
Year Published 2007
Place of publication Adelaide
Publisher Australian and New Zealand Society of Family Therapy
Abstract School connectedness (i.e., the extent to which students feel accepted, valued, respected and included in the school) has recently surfaced as one of the most important predictors of adolescent mental health (particularly depressive symptoms). Thus it is now vital to understand predictors of school connectedness. The school environment is an established predictor, but we set out to examine whether parental attachment predicts both the perception of the school environment and school connectedness and whether the perception of school environment mediates the relation between parent attachment and school connectedness. A study of 171 high school students from years 8 to 12 showed that parent attachment strongly predicted both the experience of the school environment and school connectedness. We also confirmed the mediation hypothesis that suggests that the relationship between parent attachment and school connectedness is not a direct one but largely carried through individual differences in the perception of the school environment that is influenced by parent attachment. This finding has important clinical implications in terms of shedding some insight on how multiple systems might be interlinked in influencing wellbeing in adolescents and confirms the importance of intervening at the double platform of both the family and the school system.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1375/anft.28.2.109
Copyright Statement Copyright 2007 Australian Academic Press. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 28
Issue Number 2
Page from 109
Page to 118
ISSN 0814-723X
Date Accessioned 2008-03-05
Date Available 2013-05-28T00:15:39Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject PRE2009-Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/18016
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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